Austin Weekly News‘ Sales Representative Dawn Ferencak created the West Side Business Network to bridge the gap between Chicago’s West Side and the suburbs. From groups like West Side Women to West Side Men, this network includes several networking meet-ups that come together monthly. It’s been a year now, and we’ve been remarkably successful with well over 500 community members and partners in our network. 

Dawn Ferencak is the co-founder of the West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders, and serves on many boards of local organizations. She is an involved resident living in Chicago’s Galewood neighborhood and has a passion for showing all that is good on the West Side. Later this month, Dawn will be honored as the Unsung Heroine from the 1st County Board District, on behalf of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and The Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. She will receive the award on the morning of March 27th at the Chicago Cultural Center.
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Connect with business professionals during MARCH and every month!
We have dedicated March as West Side Business Network Month. The Anniversary Meeting of West Side Women took place on March 3rd and we were proud to have several notable guests attend: Anan Abu-Taleb, President of the Village of Oak Park; Dan Haley, Publisher of Wednesday Journal; and Reverend Walter Jones of New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church and the West Garfield Park Youth Council. 
For a list of upcoming meetings of West Side Women, West Side Men, and West Side Bridge, click here

Alicia Plomin

Alicia, who has lived in nearby Oak Park for over half her life, graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Journalism and Media Management. She's been with Wednesday Journal Publications...